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Swiss Family Robinson Review


OK
This family doesn't seem very Swiss to me, and I don't think there are elephants and tigers on remote islands in the South Seas, but while Walt Disney's early Survivor experience lacks in realism, it's also not nearly as wholesome as it pretends to be.

The movie jumps right into the story, with the family's ship being chased into a storm and running aground, all but sunk. What follows is the all-too-familiar story of survival, as our castaways create a hut (treehouses in this case), attempt to kill every form of wildlife that appears even remotely threatening, and facing off against pirates, all while maintaining an appropriate level of late 1950s decorum, with nary an undone button or brooch clip.

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The Spiral Staircase Review


Good
Heralded as a noirish classic, The Spiral Staircase is terribly forced as a thriller. While the ubiquitous eye peeping through the wall (which belongs to a serial killer of "afflicted" women in the 1910s) is creepy, the bad guy can really only be one of two people in the pick. Dorothy McGuire does a fair job as the mute could-be-next victim, but overall the thrill of Spiral is largely gone.

Old Yeller Review


Very Good
Old Yeller has become such a pop culture cliche that it's almost impossible to watch the movie today with a straight face.

Right off the bat, a group of "old timey" singers croons a soulful tune about a mangy dog, invoking laughter. Then the tale of Old Yeller is laid out for us: He's a dog befriended by a young teenager (Jeff York), and together they get into all sorts of trouble -- namely tormenting every animal in the area. But has no one in this 1860's log cabin been paying attention to the constant -- constant -- warnings of hydrophobia (aka rabies)!? Well, in 84 minutes we'll find out what taunting wild hogs'll get ya!

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Gentleman's Agreement Review


Very Good
Gregory Peck masquerades as a Jew to write a big story on Anti-Semitism in this wartime tale of prejudice, bigotry, and hipocracy. Not exactly light-hearted fare, and the now 50+ year-old film has aged to the point of near-irrelevance. Peck and McGuire are incredible as the leads, but (and this is a good thing), Jew-bashing has faded as a commonly-experienced social ill. While it still crops up, the "restricted clubs" and playground abuse of Gentleman's Agreement are things of the past. Very controversial in its day, not to mention director Elia Kazan, who has generated plenty of controversy in recent years as well.
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